Jake Wightman wins World Championship gold with biggest win of his career

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Britain’s Jake Wightman won a stunning gold medal in the 1500m at the World Championships.

The 28-year-old won in Eugene on Tuesday evening in three minutes and 29.23 seconds ahead of Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen and the Spaniard Mohamed Katir.

Wightman was already the fastest man this year and claimed victory with 200m to go.

Ingebrigtsen was unable to react and the Nottingham-born athlete held on to the biggest win of his career.

Father and trainer Geoff is the stadium announcer at Hayward Field and commented on his son’s gold win.

He said: “Running is coming home. Wow. This is my son, I train him and he is world champion.”

Wightman has previously won European and Commonwealth bronze and finished just 10th at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

After his win, Wightman said he’s still trying to take care of the performance.

“I think that probably won’t be felt until after I retire,” he said.



I’ve given up so much to get to this point and it makes everything worthwhile

Jake Wightman

“It’s crazy. I had such a disappointing year in Tokyo last year. I don’t think people realize how devastating it was to go into the race with such high expectations and hope for a medal, but to end up 10th.

“I just knew I had to come here to take the pressure off and the only thing that could have happened was that it was a better run than last year.

“I smelled it on the last lap. I knew if I got there with 200m to go I could put myself in a position to win it and I ran for my life down that stretch.

“I gave up so much to get to this point and it makes everything worthwhile.”

Teammate Josh Kerr tried to set the tone ahead of the final by winning his semi-final and admitted he didn’t have to, but it was “fun”.

But the 24-year-old couldn’t jeopardize the medal places and failed to build on the Olympic bronze from the previous year with fifth place.

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/jake-wightman-jakob-ingebrigtsen-josh-kerr-eugene-world-b2127054.html Jake Wightman wins World Championship gold with biggest win of his career

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